Three solid Fantasy Football defenses are coming off of byes in Week 8, with the Bills, Jaguars, Eagles and Redskins taking a week off.
Each week, we try to share with you a handful of the top Fantasy defenses according to the over/unders and point spreads as set by the handicappers in Las Vegas.
We look at the upcoming matchups to find the lowest expected scoring games, and the games with the largest point spreads, indicating a defense that should dominate.
While a low-scoring game is usually indicative of an offense not producing, it also probably means the defense they’re facing will pick up plenty of turnovers and sacks.
Week 8 Point Spreads and Over-Under Lines
The numbers on the matchups are taken directly from Wednesday’s numbers at VegasInsider.com. The ownership percentages are from CBSSports.com’s Fantasy Football leagues. While some of these might be obvious plays (Seattle and St. Louis), you have to remember that this is helpful for Daily Fantasy users, as well.
Rams DST vs. San Francisco
Owned in 97 pct of leagues
Over-under line: 39.5 Point spread: Rams -8.5 Projected final score: St. Louis 24, San Francisco 15.5
Seahawks DST at Dallas
Owned in 100 pct of leagues
Over-under line: 41 Point spread: Seahawks -6 Projected final score: Seattle 23.5, Dallas 17.5
Vikings DST at Chicago
Owned in 55 pct of leagues
Over-under line: 42.5 Point spread: Vikings -6.5 Projected final score: Minnesota 24.5, Chicago 18
Panthers DST vs. Indianapolis
Owned in 93 pct of leagues
Over-under line: 46.5 Point spread: Panthers -7 Projected final score: Carolina 27, Indianapolis 20
Cardinals DST at Cleveland
Owned in 98 pct of leagues
Over-under line: 46 Point spread: Cardinals -4.5 Projected final score: Arizona 25.5, Cleveland 20.5
Falcons DST vs. Tampa Bay
Owned in 64 pct of leagues
Over-under line: 48.5 Point spread: Falcons -7 Projected final score: Atlanta 28, Tampa Bay 21
Look to pick some of these defenses this week to replace your regular Fantasy DST, and use this same methodology going forward. Daily Fantasy Football players can also use this same concept to find the highest projected scoring offenses for stacking lineups.